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Ok. A further wee write up on the ThinkTank Retrospective 7.

In the bag I've been keeping all my newly purchased gear: specifically a 5D3, 24-70 f2.8L II, 16-35 f4L IS and an 600EX-RT.  Also, spare cards, spare batts, a set of 82mm filters, a magmod gel set, a Giottos Rocket blower, microfibre cloths and a few other small bits and pieces.

I've just returned from a week long holiday in Lisbon.  Travelling on the flights I put the TT Retro 7 inside my Travelpro Crew8 Tote Bag which I carried on.  That let me use the Crew8 for all my normal flying needs as well as keeping my gear with me.  Once at my destination the Travelpro tote stayed in my room and I walked about with the TT R7.

I thought that with all that gear inside, it would prove to be a bit heavy, but as it turned out I had no problems at all.  Most of the time I wore it with the strap across my body.  I could get at the camera easily and switching lenses wasn't a problem.

For those that do not know, Lisbon is a hilly city.  But whether I was climbing hills, steps, or climbing battlements at the San Jorge castle the TT R7 was always comfortable.  Getting on buses and trams to get about wasn't a problem either.

I did buy a Blackrapid Sport strap to use too, which I did to begin with, but in the end I didn't bother with it.  I just used the camera free in my hands, it is however fitted with an RRS plate and Herringbone Heritage handstrap adjusted to be quite snug, so dropping the camera would have been difficult and made the 5D3 easy to hold for long periods of time.

So it's a definite thumbs up for the ThinkTank Retrospective 7.

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United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Hello...Anyone else from the UK?
« on: August 31, 2014, 06:40:33 PM »
Hi

I'm Ian from Lancashire.

I've just finally made the jump into digital photography.  I started out with an EOS 600 film camera in 1990 with a pair of Sigma zoom lenses.  A 28-70mm f 3.5-4.5 UC Zoom and an 75-300mm f 4.5-5.6 APO.  I've hardly used the 600 in the past 8 years or so.

I'd been hankering after a 5D ever since the first one came out.  Then the Mk II and then the Mk III.  I finally made up my mind to go for it just this summer.  So in the past few weeks I've bought a 5DIII along with an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, an EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and a Speedlite 600EX-RT.

I bought the camera and lenses from Panamoz and the Speedlite from CameraInThePost, both companies that send their gear from Hong Kong.

I did briefly try my old lenses on the 5DIII body, but I got lens communication errors from both of them.  So even though both Sigma lenses are EF mount, I guess they didn't quite adhere closely enough to Canon's EF mount specs.  Good job I'd elected to buy current Canon lenses anyway having been seduced by the rave reviews for both the 20-70 f2.8 II and the brand new 16-35 f4.  It does leave me without a telephoto option for the time being, but I can live with that.

I've also invested in a small number of filters.  A circular polarizer, a 10 stop ND, a 1-5 stop VND and a 77-82 step up ring, all B+W.  Also a 3LT Brian tripod and an Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 head.

So I'm very happy as I'm getting to grips with my new toys.

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I've just discovered that my new TT R7 fits perfectly inside my TravelPro Crew8 Tote bag which I use as a carry on.  "Like a glove" as they say.  Might come in handy.  Might not.  Not sure yet.

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After due consideration, I have taken the plunge.  I noticed earlier this week that http://www.premier-ink.co.uk had gotten some TT Retro 7's in where the day before they were out of stock.  They were an excellent price at 113.99 GBP.

Two days later and I have the thing in my actual hands.  Looks excellent in the Pinestone canvas colour.  Very low key.  Pockets everywhere.  Soft and baggy. Strong straps.  Superb quality.  Very pleased.

Now I just need the kit to put in it.   :D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Inconspicuous Messenger Bag
« on: June 21, 2014, 12:17:18 PM »
Practicality-wise, the Lowepro Event Messengers look like good bags, and the 250 looks about the right size.  The same goes for the Tamrac Rally series.  However, for me, their styling (the dynamic two tone stripes and their logos) make them distinctive and therefore relatively recognisable.  So, nice bags, but I have to rule them out. But thanks for the suggestions.

The relatively plain looks of the Apache 4 and the Retrospective 7 is what is drawing me to them.  Where I was leaning toward the Apache, the ringing endorsement of the TT Retro series is swinging my opinion.

As I say, the Domke F-803 would also be in the frame if it wasn't so expensive. Particularly as you then have to buy their insert kit to get the full functionality out of it.

I am also going to take a close hard look at the regular messenger bag + insert route.

I'd just like to take time out to thank everyone that's replied.  I really really appreciate it.  It seems I've sparked a nice little debate here.  Keep it coming guys.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Inconspicuous Messenger Bag
« on: June 20, 2014, 02:34:56 PM »
The retrospective-7 looks like a great bag but who sells Think Tank products in the UK?
There are a few places that carry Think Tank gear over here. http://www.premier-ink.co.uk is one.  http://www.cliftoncameras.co.uk is another.  And there's some of their stuff on Amazon too.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Inconspicuous Messenger Bag
« on: June 20, 2014, 02:54:18 AM »
I am looking at my Retrospective 7 holding a 5diii with a 24-105, a 17-40, and a 70-200 f/2.8 ii as well as 4 batteries, a ouch with 10 CF cards, my charger, a paper notebook and there is still more room.  The only limitation is it is getting heavy, but this bag has the most comfortable shoulder strap and is my most used bag.  I have to believe, however, that bad guys know this is not just an ordinary messenger bag.

I've used a variety of combinations of equipment in the Retrospective 7 and it also fits into a carry-on bag I use so I can keep the total carry on bag to 2, and not check anything
Now there we go.  You have an almost identical set of gear that I am planning for.  I was wondering whether the 7 could really accommodate all that or if I needed to be looking at the 10 instead.  But I like that you have a third lens and say you still have room to spare.  That's a plus 1 point for the Retro 7 in my book.

Have you got a pic of all your gear packed in your R7?  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR vs Mirrorless :: Evolution of cameras
« on: June 20, 2014, 02:44:12 AM »
On the one hand I understand that the EOS-M takes advantage of mirrorless technology to produce a camera that is more compact.  However, I feel the drawback is that it needs it's own special line of lenses.

I think Canon should also be producing a mirrorless camera that can use it's regular EF lenses.  Essentially it would be a DPAF APS-C or FF sensor camera with a built-in EVF replacing the usual pentaprism and packaged in a body that is similar to other EOS DSLRs.

It wouldn't be more compact, but it would have a similar feel and handling as it's contemporary consumer and professional cameras for which Canon is so renowned and celebrated.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Inconspicuous Messenger Bag
« on: June 19, 2014, 05:15:23 PM »
In all seriousness, did you ever think about the ThinkTank shoulder bags?  All their stuff is amazing, but not cheap (I have the Shape Shifter from them).  I think their site is thinktankphoto.com
As I said in my opening post, the ThinkTank Retrospective 7 is one of the ones I am considering.  :)

Actually there are quite a few Youtube reviews for the ThinkTank Retrospective series which have been worth watching.  But I could only find one video review of the Tamrac Apache 4.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Inconspicuous Messenger Bag
« on: June 19, 2014, 12:29:51 PM »
I would recommend a LowerPro slingshot series. I am actually selling a AW102 for 45$ + shipping. It has been sparingly used and as good as new. Please let me know if you are interested.
Thanks for the offer, but I'm in the UK so it wouldn't be cost effective to have you ship it all the way over here.  :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Inconspicuous Messenger Bag
« on: June 19, 2014, 10:36:56 AM »
If you want a messenger type bag that does not look like a camera bag, I would recommend not buying a photography messenger bag. 

I would use The Googles and look up the manufacturers of messenger bags.
The problem with regular messenger bags is they do not normally come with the padding to protect your gear and the compartmentalisation system required to stop it all rattling around together.
There are some nice looking inserts there.  :)  That's more than I was expecting.  Going to take some time to go though.
Search amazon or B&H for "camera bag insert" (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_n_0?rh=n%3A502394%2Ck%3Acamera+bag+insert&keywords=camera+bag+insert&ie=UTF8&qid=1403187843&rnid=2941120011). Then just put that in whatever regular messenger bag you want, so long as it can support the weight.  The problem you will have is size and weight.  For a 5dIII and the two 2.8 zooms, you're looking at a bit of both.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Inconspicuous Messenger Bag
« on: June 19, 2014, 08:45:46 AM »
Hi.  Thank you for your reply.

Are you looking for a bag to carry your camera gear that does not look like a camera bag?
Yes.  :)

If you want a messenger type bag that does not look like a camera bag, I would recommend not buying a photography messenger bag. 

I would use The Googles and look up the manufacturers of messenger bags.
The problem with regular messenger bags is they do not normally come with the padding to protect your gear and the compartmentalisation system required to stop it all rattling around together.

That said, thanks @e17Paul, I'll check out those padding kits.  It may open up a new range of possibilities.

But, on the other hand, if you are looking for a photography messenger bag, then the models you mentioned should work out well.
Thanks.  It's good to know I'm on the right track then.

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Hi guys

I'm after a bag for the gear I plan to get.  I'm interested in a non-descript messenger style bag.  But I don't want it to be any larger than it absolutely has to be and I don't want it to have any conspicuous logos.

What it has to eventually accomodate is a 5Diii with an EF 24-70 f2.8L USM II attached, an EF 70-200 f2.8L IS USM II and possibly a 430EX II speedlite.

The two possible candidates I've identified so far are, the Tamrac Apache 4 and the Think Tank Retrospective 7.  I'm leaning toward the Tamrac at the moment.  I've rejected the notion of the Domke F-803 on the basis of price.

So two questions.

1. Will the bags I've mentioned accomodate the gear I plan to get.
2. Are there any other bags worth looking at?

Thanks in advance.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: June 16, 2014, 08:35:45 AM »
We’re told the top plate has a noticeably bigger bump around the viewfinder than the current EOS 7D.
A hybrid viewfinder perhaps?  Or maybe the return of eye controlled autofocus?

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